It can be super hard to eat healthy during a quarantine, especially if you can’t get fresh produce and meat as often as you want to! In this post I’ll share some sneaky ways I get healthy foods in when I can’t get them totally fresh.
Keep scrolling for some slightly random yet valuable ways to do this ;).
Get your Greens in! We are long-time fans of Amazing Grass. I love that all of their products have your daily serving of greens in them! They have tons of fun products for kids to make healthy little protein shakes. And I love the immunity boost – we usually swear by it when we travel but it’s especially great right now when we are trying to fight off a virus. I just mix it in water and it’s my daily greens (alkalizing) plus immune-boosting mushrooms and herbs and 1000mg of vitamin C. (This is conveniently also my favorite tasting flavor!)
Use your freezer! Freeze some of your favorite fresh meats (I’m trying to always have some organic chicken breast, ground beef, and steak in there for emergencies!) I also keep lots of frozen veggies, veggie burgers, potatoes, fries, and GF organic chicken nuggets for the girls. And then frozen fruit and greens from Costco for smoothies for all of us! If you only have one freezer right now and it’s been filling up, it might not be a bad idea to invest in a chest freezer for your garage (if you have a garage that is!) Home Depot has some really great deals on chest freezers and I’m super impressed with how they’re running stores (so clean and employees in masks and gloves!) You can fit quite a bit in this one and it’s only $189, or you can go a little bigger for $229.
If you’re limited on space for another freezer, clean out and organize what you’ve got! You’ll be surprised how much more you can fit in there if you do some re-arranging ;).
Make smoothies! This is my FAVORITE way to eat healthy – we use recipes from Kelly LeVeque’s book and her Fab Four method, so these smoothies act as a really healthy/filling meal replacement for either breakfast or lunch. Here’s our favorite smoothie to make:
Throw the below ingredients in a blender (I swear by my Vitamix – best blender for smoothies in my opinion!!) and blend until it’s the consistency you want! I like mine pretty thick!
- 1 cup nut milk (I actually do 1/2 c water, 1/2 c unsweetened cashew milk to cut calories/fat out)
- 1 scoop protein powder (this one is my fav)
- 1 tablespoon flax seed
- 1 tablespoon MCT oil
- 1 spoonful of peanut or almond butter
- 1 large handful of frozen greens
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries
- 2 ice cubes
Stock up on Canned Meats or Seafood. I love to buy organic canned chicken and then use it to make Chicken Salad. I just drain the canned chicken and mix it with a handful of chopped green onion, purple grapes (I usually cut them in half or quarters, depending on how big they are) and mayo, salt, and pepper to taste. I like to use the Primal Kitchen mayo with avocado oil, or some healthy-ish version of mayo ;). I usually make a big batch and then we keep it in the fridge for a couple of days for sandwiches, wraps, or just to dip crackers, chips or veggies in!
I also love to use canned salmon to make the Whole30 Salmon Cakes recipe, which is in this book (just buy it if you don’t have it – there are so many good, healthy recipes in there!) I triple the recipe and then freeze them in individual ziplocs. Then I pop them in the air fryer or heat on the stove from frozen and they’re so good – the girls love them!! I sub the almond flour for coconut flour (use half as much coconut flour for this recipe – it’s more absorbent) and sometimes use egg-substitute instead of actual egg. They honestly taste the same to me this way!
I love to use Thrive Market for a lot of the smoothie ingredients as well as the canned salmon and chicken. When you go to the site it says that orders are a little backed up right now, but our orders have been coming through great and you save a lot of money by shopping with them! I talk more about Thrive Market in this post.
I talked about my Air Fryer briefly in this post, but it’s great for things that are frozen, which means it’s been extra great during quarantine. I do lots of nuggets, frozen sweet potatoes, fries, frozen fish/meat, and frozen veggies in there. I even found a huge bag of coconut shrimp the last time I went to Whole Foods, and it’s so good and easy to just pop some in the air fryer – ready, crispy and hot in ten minutes with no mess or oils!
I hope that helps give you some ideas! I’ll keep more coming as I make them ;).